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04 Feb
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Governor Fallin’s $10 Million Dollar Band-Aid

State of Oklahoma

HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 4, 2013

 

Rep. Richard Morrissette, District 92

2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.

State Capitol – Room 543

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Contact: Jacklyn Brink-Rosen

(405) 557-7404

Let’s Correct the Stink!

Festering Structural Wounds Require More Than the Governor’s

$10 Million Dollar Band-Aid

 

(Oklahoma City, OK) Governor Fallin today proposed a $10 Million allocation to begin repairs on the crumbling state Capitol.

In response to Democratic state legislator Rep. Richard Morrissette’s long suffering appeal to simply “fix the building”, Governor Fallin, in her State of the State, proposed a mere $10 million dollars to address what is seen by building engineers as an urgent and dire safety emergency that will require more than one hundred million to fix.

“It’s like knowing the roof leaks, the siding are sliding and the toilet doesn’t work but addressing only one of these issues. The entire structure remains unfit. And, speaking of fit and unfit, the new fitness center is located in the Capitol’s sewage infiltrated basement!  The Governor stated in her remarks today that there is more than $600 Million in the Rainy Day Fund. It will take $150 Million to fix the Capitol correctly. Just correct the stink!” said Rep. Morrissette (D-OKC)

“What really stinks is the way the Governor plays politics over this important issue with the political right wing of her party. This gesture of $10 Million is a sham. You’re trying to fool the public by making them believe that you are addressing the problem.”

“Fix the building! Stop playing games! Take out a loan at zero interest or take $150 Million out of the Rainy Day Fund. Just do it! Fix the building, Governor! Let’s do it and do it right!” concluded Morrissette.

 

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04 Feb
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The Governor’s Plan for the Rich

For Immediate Release
February 4, 2013
Contact: Trav Robertson
405.427.3366

 THE GOVERNOR’S PLAN FOR THE RICH

Governor Mary Fallin Present State of the State 

Oklahoma City– Governor Mary Fallin told Oklahomans that she only cares about the wealthy in her State of the State address. Her plan for 2013 shows that she will ignore the problems that we face in areas like health, education, and government.

During the Governor’s speech she talked about her rejection of the Medicaid expansion which would have immediately helped 600,000 Oklahomans, but Governor Fallin told those people that they should start feeling better because she would not help them. She said that the cost of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was too much, but she ignored the fact that we have already paid for it with federal tax dollars. The $54 million for a Health Insurance Exchange that she sent back to Washington is Oklahoma’s money that will be used in a different state.

The moral issue of protecting life “in the womb and at birth” was brought up but as the Republican Party’s morals show, they do not care about the child afterwards because they are the party of “pro-birth”. The Governor’s actions spoke louder than words when she denied birth as a qualifying event to allow new parents to have their child covered under their insurance plan.

She reminded Oklahoma teachers and parents about the failed “A-F” grading system that was supposed to help schools. She also neglected to comment on her strategy to help keep schools safe for our children.

The Governor continues to cut services as she did with the Human Rights Commission, Indian Affairs Commission, and the Affirmative Action Committee. Now she wants to remove 40 more advisory boards that help keep her accountable. She talked about being transparent, but continues to hide emails from the public that guided her decision to not implement the ACA.

Governor Fallin wants to put money into projects like fixing the crumbling State Capitol Building, but she does not have a plan to pay for it. And her intention to further decrease state revenue by returning thousands of dollars to our wealthiest citizens can only result in Oklahoma’s continued decline.

As Oklahomans we need to choose between Mary’s path that leads to a poorly-educated and unhealthy population struggling to compete for jobs, and a path of common sense values that invests in getting Oklahomans healthy, providing them a well rounded education, and making sure they understand what their lawmakers are doing at the State Capitol.

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31 Jan
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February 2, 2013 Central Committee Call and Agenda

TO: Members of the Oklahoma Democratic Party State

Central Committee

FROM: Wallace Collins, Chairman

DATE: January 17, 2013

 

SUBJECT: Central Committee Meeting—February 2, 2013 Agenda

 The next meeting of the Oklahoma Democratic Party State Central Committee will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the George Krumme Center located at 4100 Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p. m. Lunch will be served.  Central Committee members please RSVP to (405) 427-3366 by Monday, January 28th.

 I look forward to seeing each of you and my hope is that we have an outstanding attendance. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call on me.

With Kind Regards,

 

 Wallace Collins Signature

 

Wallace Collins

Oklahoma Democratic Party, Chairman

Oklahoma Democratic Party

Central Committee Meeting

 

AGENDA

 

February 2, 2013

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

 

  1. Welcome and Call to Order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Invocation
  4. Approval of Minutes
  5. Officer Reports
    1. Chair
    2. Vice-Chair
    3. Secretary
      1. Rules & Credentials Committee
      2. Convention Committee
    4. Treasurer
  6. Executive Director Report
    1.      Finance Plan
    2.      Budget
  7. Old Business
    1. Gene Hunt
  1. Lunch 
  1.  New Business
    1. Bill Clifford (information packet)
    2. Donna Russell — Proposed Constitutional

Change/Amendment

  1. Committee Reports
    1. Affirmative Action
    2. Congressional
    3. Senate Caucus
    4. House Caucus
    5. Federations
  • Veterans 
  • Democratic Women
  • Young Democrats
  1. District Reports
  • 5th District
  • 4th District
  • 3rd District
  • 2nd District
  • 1st District
  1. Adjournment

 

30 Jan
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Rep. Seneca Scott Named Caucus Secretary for National Legislative Group

Oklahoma House of Representatives

Media Division

January 30, 2013

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: State Rep. Seneca Scott

Capitol: (405) 557-7391

 

Rep. Scott Named Caucus Secretary for National Legislative Group

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Seneca Scott was recently elected as secretary for the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators, a working group of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Rep. Scott, who is a member of the Choctaw Nation, has been involved with the NCSL since 2009. The Native American caucus, which acts as an advisory body for the NCSL on issues affecting Native Americans, consists of 72 members from 17 states, including 24 members from Oklahoma.

“It is such a privilege to represent Native American issues and culture on a national platform, and I am honored that my colleagues in the caucus have elected me to serve in this role,” said Scott, D-Tulsa. “I hope to use this role to encourage partnerships with other states that leverage Oklahoma’s unique position as a national leader on energy, health and infrastructure projects among the various tribes. We have an expertise built on experience here in Oklahoma that we can transplant to other states and regions to benefit the lives of so many more Native Americans.”

Rep. Scott has been involved with several NCSL initiatives during his time in the Legislature, including a partnership to encourage grocery stores to open in “food deserts” in various urban and rural areas. In addition, Scott presented Oklahoma’s Infrastructure Plan this past October at the NCSL CG/LA 4th North American Strategic Infrastructure Summit.

According to its website, the NCSL is “a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories…[providing] research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues…The leadership of NCSL is composed of legislators and staff from across the country.”

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30 Jan
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Should Teachers Carry Guns in School?

Teachers in Oklahoma are already overworked and underpaid and now Republican legislators want to add another responsibility to their plate. Oklahoma State Representative Mark McCullough plans to file legislation that will turn educators into police officers. He believes that Oklahoma teachers should carry weapons at school.

“Does Janet Barresi support this legislation?” asked Oklahoma Democratic Party Vice-Chair and educator Dana Orwig.

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